Axel Jungk in second, World Champion Grotheer defends overall lead with third place
Altenberg (RWH) Skeleton athlete Martins Dukurs from Latvia celebrated his first victory in the 2021/2022 Olympic season at the BMW IBSF World Cup in Altenberg. In the fifth race of the winter, the record World Champion won a World Cup race again after almost a year to the day: His last victory dated from 18 December 2020 in Innsbruck.
The defending World Cup Champion and ten-time overall winner overtook local hero Axel Jungk (GER) in the second race run in Altenberg. Jungk, the 2020 World Championships silver medallist, finished second, 0.19 seconds behind, ahead of team mate Christopher Grotheer (GER, 0.41 seconds back). Grotheer, the World Champion of 2020 and 2021, thus stood on the podium in all five season races for the BMW IBSF World Cup 2021/2022 and defended his lead in the overall standings.
Samuel Maier (AUT) finished fifth in the BMW IBSF World Cup in Altenberg, making it into the top ten for the first time this season and celebrating the second best result of his career. At last winter's season finale in Innsbruck, the 22-year-old had been on the World Cup podium for the first time in third place.
For Amedeo Bagnis from Italy, eleventh place in Altenberg is also the best result of the season and one of the best of his career.
In the 2021/2022 BMW IBSF World Cup, Christopher Grotheer (GER, 1035 points) remains in the lead in the overall standings after the fifth of the eight races of the season. Axel Jungk (GER, 1021) is currently second overall ahead of record World Champion Martins Dukurs (LAT, 962).
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Photos: IBSF / Viesturs Lacis